I’ve talked about many artists for MACG Journal. VIXX is unquestionably a gaggle whose Mad Scientist Moments I’ve needed to give attention to right here. As I discussed in my Fast Assessment of “Jekyll,” VIXX got here out of the gate in a really distinctive method. Once I acquired into Ok-pop, a pal gave me an inventory of songs and movies to take a look at. On that listing was VIXX’s “Hyde” and “On and On.” I used to be surprised once I realized they have been nonetheless rookies.
I’ve a smooth spot for this group. After eight years, they nonetheless shock me with their expertise, dedication and aptitude. From superheroes to robots, love equations to scientists, let’s check out what makes VIXX particular.
If I needed to describe VIXX’s type in a single phrase, I’d selected “Cinematic” or “Opera.” It’s not that they always launch huge, epic songs. In actual fact, VIXX switches up kinds very often. Nevertheless, whereas different teams will type their comebacks round an idea, VIXX will absolutely embrace it. From instrumental to make-up, they simply embody the idea and its deeper that means. A dwell VIXX efficiency can simply double as a quantity from a musical.
Take “Voodoo Doll,” the tune that earned them their first win. With a fast look on the lyrics, you see it’s a couple of poisonous relationship. Whereas that’s a typical theme in music, it’s how VIXX delves additional for “Voodoo Doll” that makes it extraordinary to me. The singer is prepared to surrender a lot of himself to his love, he’s basically an empty husk doing her bidding.
As I mentioned, different teams have explored this subject. However you lastly see the images and teasers. It’s bizarre the way it’s been six years and this complete comeback nonetheless launches me into fangirl mode.
To begin with, the general styling is superb. Whereas “On and On” has them wanting like ethereal otherworldly creatures, “Voodoo Doll” made them grim, abused and customarily unsettling. Nonetheless engaging, although, as a result of VIXX is all concerning the aesthetics. Mistreated, exploited puppets … however make it vogue.
If the type wasn’t sufficient, we even have the routine itself. They continuously transfer as if some unseen drive tethers them collectively. You additionally see one individual attempt to struggle in opposition to it. Throughout Ravi’s rap, he tries to shatter the hyperlink connecting all of them and “stabs” himself with the pin, just for Leo to take away it. Strive as they could, they’re caught.
And the pin prop! You don’t have any concept what number of instances I watched the dance apply to maintain up with who has it and at what level. It’s such a easy factor, however it reminds you of the unseen menace. For 3 minutes, this isn’t a boy band with nice coordination. These are six males held captive and doing another person’s bidding.
VIXX is without doubt one of the few teams I can name “Residing Artwork.” Sure, there are numerous artists at work in Hallyu. However to me, VIXX is at all times up on their sport. I supposed to debate one other tune right here however nope. It’s time to speak about LR, Ravi and Leo’s subunit, and “Stunning Liar.”
Even in case you don’t know Korean, it’s straightforward to grasp its message. I’m truthfully not a fan of the tune, however I’m awed on the care and work the duo put into its manufacturing. For me, it’s the small particulars that makes “Stunning Liar” so superb. The scene of Leo and the girl on the desk. As one reaches throughout the desk, the opposite attracts away and vice versa. How Leo is wearing all black whereas Ravi is in shade, however you’re by no means positive who’s the “actual” narrator. The truth that neither educated as dancers earlier than becoming a member of Jellyfish however do a tremendous trendy dance.
“Stunning Liar” is a Ok-pop gothic story. And no, we’re not speaking trendy goth. The literary Gothic tales corresponding to “Wuthering Heights” or “Frankenstein.” The symbolism alone is sufficient to make my head spin, however to do not forget that these are the identical guys who gave us “Dynamite“?! It’s thoughts boggling.
Bubblegum … However Make it Trend
It will be a large disservice to VIXX if I didn’t point out their lighter songs. This group comprises multitudes, expensive reader, and that features the fluffy songs as nicely! In fact, it may be onerous to reconcile the 2. And but the bubblegum, fluffy songs match them in addition to the grim and darkish. I’m choosy about my music. But I like “Heaven” simply as a lot as “Chained Up.” “Say Love” is such a 1990s teeny-bop tune that I attempted to not love. I failed. It makes me so completely happy. I simply have to bounce alongside to it.
I’m additionally stunned how nicely it suits Ravi? Sure, the followers know that he’s an enormous cinnamon roll, however vocally, his voice is fairly deep and raspy. You’d suppose his voice could be jarring in these songs however it works. There are songs the place the rappers really feel misplaced in songs like this. However Ravi by no means feels misplaced. It’s no extra jarring than their darker hits.
No matter idea or tune they tackle, they make it work for them reasonably than contort themselves into one thing they’re not. In 2015, they determined to cowl R.ef ‘s “Love Equation” for its 20th anniversary. Nevertheless, whereas each are mild dance tracks, VIXX nonetheless made the tune to work greatest for them.
Additionally, Leo completely pulls out a gun at 0:36 of “Love Equation” and Hongbin wants extra strains. I truthfully felt I wanted to say each of these issues.
VIXX refuses to be contained in a single field. Darkish and luring, mild and soothing, synthpop or hip hop, they are going to take all of it on and excel. Proper now, group promotions are on hiatus as chief, N, is doing his obligatory army service. Nonetheless, I’m at all times excited to see what they do subsequent, each as a gaggle and individually.